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Indiana Gov. Daniels the Next U.S. President?

June 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard predicts Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will be our next president.

In a keynote speech Wednesday (June 9) to members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Karlgaard said, “Michigan has 12 to 15% unemployment. Indiana, maybe about half of that. Of course, Indiana has great leadership.”

Then he made his prediction,according to the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune.

“I am going to go out on a limb,” Karlgaard said, speaking at Century Center in downtown South Bend during an RVIA luncheon. ”I am going to say that Mitch Daniels will be the next president of the United States.”

“Nobody is seeing it,” he added. “All the Republican names you are hearing about are better known and better funded and so on. But you can hear the rumbles of a Mitch Daniels boom.

“He well could be the next candidate, and he would be a great candidate.”

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Karlgaard to Speak During Committee Week

May 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine and a regular panelist on the business show ”Forbes on Fox,” will be the keynote speaker at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) annual meeting June 9 during RVIA’s Committee Week at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind., according to RVIA Express.

In a talk titled, “U.S. Outlook: Is the Recovery Durable?” Karlgaard will give an outlook for stocks, home prices and asset classes while also discussing which sectors of the economy will benefit from increased government intervention and which will lose ground. He will examine how the results of the 2010 midterm elections might change the business landscape and which products and services, growth models and economic regions are likely to perform best in the immediate future and in the long-term.

Also at the meeting, RVIA Chairman Jim Sheldon and RVIA President Richard Coon will discuss the state of the association and speak on a wide range of topics including government relations, standards, industry education and RVIA-sponsored trade shows. RVIA Treasurer Bob Olson will detail the association’s finances.

In a presentation titled, “RVIA Public Relations: The New Consumer and the Road Ahead,” RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and Gary LaBella , vice president and chief marketing officer, will provide an analysis of the post-recession consumer, examine the new Harris survey findings on the factors that influence RV purchase decisions and give an overview of the media exposure created for the RV industry through the association’s public relations programs.

In “Go RVing: We’re Back in the Saddle Again,” Go RVing Co-Chairman Bob Olson of Winnebago Industries Inc. and LaBella will provide a briefing on the award-winning ad campaign. RVIA will also honor industry and association leaders by presenting a host of awards.

At a luncheon immediately following the membership meeting, economist Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, will provide his outlook for the RV market for the upcoming year. Curtin has directed RVIA’s RV Consumer Demographic Profile research for 30 years and authors the association’s quarterly RV Roadsigns newsletter.

For more information on the RVIA Membership Meeting and the industry forecast luncheon, contact RVIA’s Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003 ext. 305 or visit www.rvia.org.

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RVIA Preps for Committee Week/Annual Meeting

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA logoThe Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has combined its two biggest member events of the year – Committee Week and its annual meeting – into one four-day event to be held in Elkhart and South Bend June 7-10, allowing many RVIA members to attend all events without incurring significant travel costs, according to a news release.

Committee Week will be highlighted by RVIA’s fun-filled RV Centennial Celebration, taking place on Monday, June 7, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart.RVIA_Centennial

Committee Week meetings take place Monday through Thursday, June 7 – 10, at the Century Center in South Bend, where RVIA members will plan the association’s agenda for the next fiscal year and beyond. The association’s standing committees, the Go RVing Coalition, the Executive Committee and board of directors will meet to develop strategies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

On Tuesday, June 8, Committee Week attendees are invited to spend an evening with the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Scheduled activities include a reception and dinner at the Namoli Club as well as a tour of the historic Notre Dame football stadium and locker room.

RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held on the morning of Wednesday, June 9 at the Century Center. RVIA’s Chairman of the Board Jim Sheldon, RVIA Treasurer Bob Olson and RVIA President Richard Coon will report to the membership on the state of the association and future plans. RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gary LaBella will provide an analysis of the post-recession consumer, examine the new Harris survey findings on the factors that influence RV purchase decisions, and give an overview of the media exposure created for the RV industry through the association’s public relations programs. Go RVing Co-Chair Bob Olson and LaBella will provide a briefing on the award-winning ad campaign. RVIA will also honor industry and association leaders by presenting a host of awards.

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard is this year’s Annual Membership Meeting keynote speaker. A columnist, the publisher of Forbes magazine, and a regular panelist on the popular business show Forbes on Fox, Karlgaard will deliver his assessment of the current issues and trends in today’s business world. Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan, will deliver a market forecast for the RV industry.

Richard T. Curtin

Richard T. Curtin

“I hope that RVIA members will take advantage of the opportunity to attend Committee Week and our Annual Meeting in our nation’s – and the RV industry’s – heartland,” said Coon. “RVIA is proud to be holding these important events the Elkhart and South Bend areas, where so many of our members live and work. And we look forward to celebrating 100 years of RVing with the entire industry on June 7.”

Committee Week meetings are open to guest attendance; however anyone planning to attend a meeting for a committee of which they are not a member should contact the RVIA staff liaison or the committee chairman for information on the guest policy.

Tickets to the RV Centennial Celebration will be made available in early April, and full details on Committee Week will be mailed to RVIA members after April 1. For more information about Committee Week, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Division at (703) 620-6003 (324) or dcashion@rvia.org.

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